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America’s hunger for luxury housing may finally be satiated

October 18, 2016

by Jeff Spross : theweek – excerpt

The rise of housing costs in America’s big cities has seemed unstoppable. Until now.

Last Thursday, Bloomberg reported that the median monthly rent in Manhattan stalled out, falling 1.2 percent in September to hit $3,396. “It was only the second year-over-year decline since February 2014,” the outlet continued, citing a new study from appraisal firm Miller Samuel, and the brokerage Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

That second decline happened in March of this year. It was followed by a peak of 2 percent growth in June, and then rents in the Big Apple slowed again before falling last month. Further signs that the housing market has shifted include the fact that landlords are offering renters more sweeteners, like a month or two free; meanwhile, only 17 percent of all housing sales in Manhattan involved a bidding war this year, down from 31 percent last year.

“The market does not appear to be resuming an upward pattern anytime soon,” Miller Samuel’s president told Bloomberg… (more)

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